The brilliant Dutchman retired from Arsenal in 2006…
Dennis Bergkamp had a statue of himself unveiled outside the Emirates today, and here’s what the legendary attacker had to say…
“I spoke to Thierry Henry last night and he warned me about this moment, he said ‘you will be fine until you have to talk a little bit, and you will be emotional’, that happens to me now.’
“All this makes you realise how many good years we had here and how big this club has become over the last 20 years. I was just happy to play a role in that.
“You all see me as a team player, and there is only one statue of me, but I believe it is part of a whole team that I was involved in which made me shine.
“When you think of that team, it is not only the quality players around you, it is the fantastic manager, the staff around the club.
“I would like to thank my friends and family as well, they have been there from the beginning in my career – thank you to Henrita, my wife. We made this adventure together and have four beautiful children who were all born in England.”